General Inpatient Program

Who is the program for?

The General Inpatient Program is available to patients admitted onto the general ward and therefore not in a specialist program. The program is aimed to assist people struggling with a variety of mental health conditions including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, addictions and personality disorders.

How will it help me?

This program includes comprehensive group sessions facilitated by a team of multidisciplinary team of allied health clinicians including occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, art therapists, nurses, music therapists and consumer consultants.

The program will deliver sessions that aim to:

  • Reduce symptoms
  • Increase motivation and enable participants to take charge of their mental health difficulties
  • Introduce skills and coping strategies to manage at home
  • Build community and social resources and improving self-esteem
  • Participants are offered access to a variety of groups run daily.

After the program

Many group sessions offer an introduction to the therapies that underpin the day programs and specialty

programs run at The Geelong Clinic. On discharge you may be referred to one of the inpatient specialty programs, day programs and/or outreach services for further support.

When does the program run?

The General Inpatient Program requires a 4-week inpatient admission that includes individual and group treatment components.

The General Inpatient Program is an ongoing program that can be accessed at any time.

How do I access the program?

Admission to The Geelong Clinic requires a referral from a Geelong Clinic accredited psychiatrist.

Your GP can refer you for an initial consultation by addressing a referral to ‘Dear Doctor’, or to one of our accredited psychiatrists. Your referral should be faxed to Intake on 03 5240 0799.

  • Please click HERE for our Specialist Directory and referral process

How much does it cost?

All referrals are subject to a health fund check prior to admission or commencing a program.

Your inpatient stay is generally covered by private health insurance or by Workcover, DVA and TAC. Self-funding is also an option.

Please call us to discuss any questions you may have in relation to cost.

More information?

Telephone enquiries - 03 5240 0700

Email enquiries -

  • General Inpatient Program - Click HERE for brochure
  • Addictive Behaviours Program - Click HERE
  • Eating Disorders Program – Click HERE
  • Electro-convulsive Therapy (ECT) - Click HERE
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Program - Click HERE
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) - Click HERE

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